One Year Later: Spec Review for 7/26/17

What up CHUllectors!?! Shawn B. the One Year Later Investigator, back with another One Year Later round up, where we take a look at some of the comics that Anthony, Mel, and Poyo specced on one year ago. Their specs turn out to be quick flips, slow burns, straight up misses, straight up winners and on and on. Sometimes they spec with their hearts out of their passion for comics. Sometimes they spec based on data. And sometimes they spec based off the word on the street. Either way, all their specs appeal to a few or many collectors whether it is due to them having similar taste in writing or art, or just an opportunity for a collector to flip a book and make money to “support their habit”. So, this is our weekly chance to look back at how some of our buys from a year ago are doing today.

Light week for the boys!


Savage Dragon #225 25th Anniversary Variant Rafael Kras XXX Cover – Anthony Pick
Original Value: $12           Current Value: $20
Of all the ones to be a winner!

Still Potential

Batgirl #13 Variant Josh Middleton Cover – Mel & Poyo Pick
Original Value: $4           Current Value: $5
Middleton so this could continue to hold or climb. Sellers seem to be getting more for multiple Middleton covers sold as a lot.

Edge of Venomverse #3 – Anthony & Poyo Pick
Original Value: $4           Current Value: $6
Not quite a full winner but still lots of sales activity on this one. Killer art.

Alien Bounty Hunter #1 – Anthony & Poyo Pick
Original Value: $4           Current Value: $6
Come on….feel it….feel it! Still optioned so who knows. Still lots of sales going on for this one.


TeenageTeenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #72 Variant Tom Whalen Cover – Mel Pick
Original Value: $4           Current Value: $4
Transformers Lost Light #8 Variant Tom Whalen Cover – Mel Pick
Original Value: $4           Current Value: $4
Not sure if there was ever any quick flip potential. While they are neat covers the Whalen run seems to have fizzled.

Unspecced Winners

6 thoughts on “One Year Later: Spec Review for 7/26/17”

  1. I recall those Whalen covers selling out online but a lot of them were available again a week or two later. I dont recall a quick flip for them either. I really liked a lot of them but they did seem to fizzle quickly.

  2. *sigh* I had such high hopes for Whalen being the next big thing in cover art. Not even for spec, I just thought they were all so eye catching and different from any other cover artist. The covers had the simple and confident line work of Greg Smallwood but with pop art sensibilities. I didn’t spec it or anything. It just bums me out nobody else dug ’em hard enough for them to be a big thing.

    1. You never know what will happen next year or the year after that. Sometimes these covers are really slow burns and can even become iconic after a period of time. Nice clean lines…simple, yet attractive art…always a chance!

    2. I still have a couple of them in my long boxes. The shredder, megatron and optimus covers. As well as the streetfighter vs darkstalkers cover

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